PCW statement on the abduction of Nigerian girls

The Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) strongly condemns the abduction of more than 200 girls last April 14, 2014 from their school in Chibok, Borno, Nigeria. Said abduction is a clear human right’s violation and a form of violence against women and girls (VAWG).

The Commission echoes the act as very revolting and is rallying everyone to express support to the Nigerian girls by making their efforts known through social media using the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.

PCW Executive Director Emmeline Verzosa expresses her fears and sadness for the plight of the girls.

“Children are today’s future. Every girl deserves to be protected. This abduction is the worst fate a girl could experience just because she went to school. Abductors have threatened to sell them. Women and girls are not commodities that can be sold or exchanged! The kidnapping and religious coercion violates several United Nations human rights conventions,” said Verzosa.

The PCW believes that strong social media presence can make a huge difference. Let us continuously monitor the story and support the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.